How do I go about describing the impact that Mary Reed had on our community this past weekend? If you participated in any or all of the events, you would understand what I am talking about. Sunday’s message was “How We Are Waking Up.” She used the analogy of a drop of water in the ocean and it not realizing it is in the water and asking the question what is water? If you missed the service, you can watch it here, and I highly recommend that you do.
On Monday evening she did a book reading from her latest book Humanity’s Epic Awakening. As she had been doing in her earlier events, she reiterated that this journey for her came down to complete surrender. She said she had lost everything, her job, her relationship, she had little money and attempted suicide only to wake up two days later after taking ninety-seven pain pills, sleeping pills and three glasses of wine. At that moment she cried out to God and fully surrendered, knowing she no longer could be the manager of her life. That began her journey in earnest.
As I reflect on all the events and listen to Mary’s messages my take-away is simple and that is to step into the world of curiosity and know that I don’t know. I don’t know what is right for you. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I don’t know what my next lesson is. “I don’t know” is so freeing. When I am in the “I don’t know,” I am available and allowing for what is for me in every moment.
Another important teaching was to stop with the effort…another way to say it is to stop working, doing, trying… this teaching has come to me over the last couple of months. I shared recently in a talk that while at a retreat on grief I got a very strong message to stop being a human doing and relax into being a human being.
Again, I highly recommend you watch the service if you missed it or watch it again to integrate the teachings into your own being.
Next Sunday we will be back to the book Dare to Be Yourself and the topic is Dare to Lighten Up. How appropriate is that!
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey